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Marion selects new police chief

McHale currently serves as major with Kansas City Police Department

Joseph McHale, who starts duty Dec. 12, 2016 as the new Marion police chief. (contributed photo)
Joseph McHale, who starts duty Dec. 12, 2016 as the new Marion police chief. (contributed photo)

MARION — A Kansas City Police Department major is Marion’s new police chief.

The city of Marion announced last week that Joseph McHale would join the city as police chief on Dec. 12. McHale is currently a major with the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department and oversees the East Patrol Division.

McHale will oversee operations at the Marion Police Department, which employs 45 sworn officers and 12 civilian employees. He replaces former chief Harry Daugherty, who retired in June after 20 years as chief.

“We were fortunate to have a strong pool of candidates vying for the position,” Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn said in a news release. “Chief McHale comes to Marion highly-regarded by his colleagues and the search committee.”

McHale is a 25-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Criminal Justice through Grantham University. McHale is also a subject matter expert with the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.

“I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Marion,” McHale said in the news release. “I am humbled and excited to become a part of the Marion community and continue Marion’s legacy as one of the safest cities in Iowa.”

McHale’s wife is a native of Hampton, Iowa and the couple has a 3-year-old son.

“Our family has strong Iowa roots and we have a sincere desire to raise our 3-year-old son in a community that has a vision, takes care of their neighbors and reaches higher at every opportunity,” McHale said in the news release.

The news release states the Marion City Council will take action on McHale’s employment contract during their Oct. 20 meeting.

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